Online Cohorts


Online Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education (MTEA) - (click to visit our ECED Web site for more information)

MTEA Brochure We will begin our third cohort in fall 2016. All classes will be 100% online, so the entire master's degree can be completed from a distance or during non-work hours. The cohort will move through at the rate of 2 courses per semester, so in just 24 months, you can have a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education.

This is a non-licensure degree, but for students who already have licensure K-6, 1-6, K-12, etc. the courses will meet the requirements for an add-on PreK-3 license in the state of TN. Out of state students can get a special eRate. All the details you need to know are in the brochure, including information about class schedules, application procedures, etc. Anyone with questions can contact Dr. Amy Malkus at or 410-463-0841.


Q. What are the requirements for admission to the program?

A. We require a minimum 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level for unconditional admission. Students with a 2.8-3.0 GPA are sometimes admitted conditionally depending on circumstances (e.g., letters of recommendation, work experience, etc.). Conditionally admitted students must have no less than a B in any of their first 3 graduate classes and a minimum 3.0 GPA overall in their first 9 hours in order to continue in the program.

Q. Are there any tests (e.g., GREs) required?

A. No.

Q. Do I need to be a licensed teacher in order to apply?

A. While many of our online cohort students are already licensed teachers, this is NOT a requirement. Anyone wishing to get a Master's Degree in Early Childhood is welcome to apply.

Q. How do apply?

A. You can apply online at Please mention in your application that you are interested in the MTEA Online Cohort. 


Online Master's Certificate in Early Childhood Emergent Inquiry (click to visit our ECED Web site for more information)

EI Brochure The Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry program is an online master's certificate program for individuals who have a bachelor or master's degree in Early Childhood or a related field (i.e. Psychology, Special Education, Elementary Education, etc.). The program requires successful completion of the Certificate of Emergent Inquiry program (18 credit hours), at which point a student can decide to apply to and be accepted into the master's program in either the ECED, MTEA (Master Teacher) concentration or the ECED, RSEA concentration with up to 18 credits from the certificate being eligible toward the degree which will require completion of the following additional courses: ECED 5950 Methods of Research, ECED 5210 Advanced Child Development, ECED 5167 Constructivist Approach to Math and Science, ECED 5335 Assessing and Evaluation Young Children, ECED 5345 Research in Early Childhood, and ECED 5570 Practicum in Early Childhood. Anyone with questions can contact Dr. Jane Broderick at or or by phone at 423-439-7695.
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